A magnitude seven.one natural disaster struck central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings, killing at least 140 people and trapping an unknown number of others beneath fallen debris. In Mexico City, there were power outages and more than 40 buildings collapsed crushing cars and trapping people inside. Another 36 deaths have been reported in Mexico City, at least nine in neighbouring Mexico state, and 29 in the state of Puebla to the south.
Jai Krishnan, who is living in Mexico, saw crowds of terrified people in the streets moments after the 7.1 magnitude tremor struck Mexico City and surrounding states this morning New Zealand time - the second powerful quake to strike the region in the past fortnight.
Mexico had just been rocked by a quake earlier this month.
Rescue workers and residents are searching through the rubble for survivors, amid fears of aftershocks and possible gas leaks. It added that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is also ready to provide assistance to U.S. citizens who were possibly affected by the quake.
Mendes was slated to perform in Mexico City on Wednesday evening. "We are with you and will be there for you". A six-storey blocks of flats, a supermarket and a factory were also said to be among the collapsed buildings in the city.
At last check over 200 people have been reported dead.
"On behalf of the New Zealand Government and the people of New Zealand, I would like to send a message of sympathy and support to President Peña Nieto and to the people of Mexico".
Victor Martinez from the Christian humanitarian charity described how he was working from home close to the worldwide airport when walls started shaking.
The quake was felt far and wide.